Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Goal Digging Tools

One of the most important things I've learned as a post-graduate on the hunt after big dreams is that you can't stop there. Dreaming, that is. It's so important to dig deep until you've uncovered every bit and piece of your goals.

Over the last few months I've been engaging myself in tedious activities as a way of discovering what I want to do, and what it will take to get there. Last week I attended a networking event hosted by Aldo! It was great meeting other career minded, young men and women. I especially loved meeting people who were interested in fashion and public relations! (Something I've been working towards...stay tuned!)

Goal Digging Tools:

1. Conversation: I love to talk. This might be one of the most important tools I've been utilizing. Since I've officially relocated back to the Los Angeles area I've spent my time setting up meetings with various career professionals and graduate students from lawyers, psychologists, to MBA, and MD candidates. 

After googling various firms, and offices, I was lucky enough to set up appointments to meet with these professionals in person. I came prepared and ready with a notepad and pre-planned questions to ask them. These questions ranged from "Why did you choose this profession?" , "what did you study in college" , "what do you do on a daily basis?" to "Do you like your job?"

2. Networking: You might not know exactly how to dig for your goal or where to get started. Networking is an important tool in building your image. Events and social gatherings can be essential in allowing people to get to know you. Stay connected with the people you meet by exchanging business cards, email addresses, or blog sites ;) Who knows- you might run into someone who needs your services or someone who is doing exactly what you're interested in!

3. Persistence and tenacity: These are my favorite goal digging tools. The only person that can keep you truly motivated is you. No matter how long it may take, it's so important to remember the end goal. When it comes to meeting and talking with professionals, tenacity is key; make sure to follow up with people you meet. Learning about your business, career goal, or graduate research will definitely get difficult, but remain persistent because simply dreaming will get you nowhere. 

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